Honour based violence

Date published: 21 March 2018 16:42

There is no, and cannot be, honour or justification for abusing the human rights of others.

The Crown Prosecution Service's definition of honour based violence is "a crime or incident which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community."

Honour based violence (HBV) can be described as a collection of practices, which are used to control behaviour within families or other social groups to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. Such violence can occur when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code.

It is a violation of human rights and may be a form of domestic and/or sexual violence.

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